Update Your Tax Withholding Status And/Or Allowances

You should update your tax information so Payroll can calculate the correct amount of tax to withhold from your pay. If you do not, your default Federal and NY State status will be single with 0 allowances. Income tax is withheld from your wages based on marital status and the number of allowances claimed. You may also specify that an additional dollar amount be withheld. You can update your tax information anytime your tax situation changes and you choose to have more, or less, tax withheld. Whether you are entitled to claim a certain number of allowances or exemptions from withholding is subject to review by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and NY State. Syracuse University may be required to send a copy of your form to the IRS or NY State upon their request.

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Update your Federal Tax Withholding Status and/or Allowances

Online

  1. Launch MySlice, Enter your NetID and password as prompted.
  2. Within Employee Services: Click the orange ‘Human Resources and Payroll Services’ icon.
  3. Ensure you are on the Employee Self Service page. If you are defaulted to Employee Self Service, skip to Step 4. Locate the center of the orange toolbar at the top of the page. If does not say Employee Self Service, click the downward arrow (dropdown) and select Employee Self Service.
  4. Click on the ‘Payroll’ tile on the upper left. Once clicked, you will see a listing of your paychecks. In the taskbar on the left, click ‘Tax Withholding Information’. Click the appropriate tax information you wish to view/update. You will be prompted to input your social security number and birthdate for verification.
  5. Verify that your name, social security number and address are correct. If this information is incorrect, click on the ‘encircled diamond’ icon in the upper right of the browser, then click ‘MySlice’ to return to the MySlice homepage. Go under Personal Services, View/Update Addresses and update your permanent address with the correct information.
  6. Skip Step 6 and go to Step 7 if you want to claim an exemption from withholding. Enter the number of allowance/s that you want to claim. The lower the number the larger the amount of tax that will be withheld. Enter the additional amount, if any, that you want to be withheld each pay period. Indicate your marital status for tax purposes. If you are married, but would like to have your withholding based on the higher single rate, select single.
  7. Skip Step 7 and go to Step 8 if you do not want to claim an exemption from withholding. To claim an exemption from withholding you must meet both conditions below:
    1. Last year I had a right to a refund of ALL Federal income tax withheld because I had NO tax liability; AND
    2. This year I expect a refund of ALL Federal income tax withheld because I expect to have NO tax liability.
    3. Check the box if you meet both conditions and would like to claim an exemption from withholding. This exemption expires annually on February 15th of the following year. You will need to annually re-submit your claim for the exemption from withholding to continue. If you do not re-submit your claim by February 15th, then Syracuse University is required to reset your status to single with (0) withholding allowances and the highest amount of tax would be withheld from your future pays.
  8. Click on Submit to update your changes. Due to payroll processing dates, your changes may not be reflected in your pay until two paychecks after the change. To exit without submitting your changes, click on the ‘HOME’ icon to return to the Employee Self Service homepage.
  9. To return to the MySlice homepage, click the ‘encircled diamond’ in the upper right corner of the browser, and then select ‘MySlice’.

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Update your NY State Tax Withholding Status and/or Allowances

Online

  1. Launch MySlice, Enter your NetID and password as prompted
  2. Within Employee Services: Click the orange ‘Human Resources and Payroll Services’ icon.
  3. Ensure you are on the Employee Self Service page. If you are defaulted to Employee Self Service, skip to Step 4. Locate the center of the orange toolbar at the top of the page. If does not say Employee Self Service, click the downward arrow (dropdown) and select Employee Self Service.
  4. Click on the ‘Payroll’ tile on the upper left. Once clicked, you will see a listing of your paychecks. In the taskbar on the left, click ‘Tax Withholding Information’. Click the appropriate tax information you wish to view/update. You will be prompted to input your social security number and birthdate for verification.
  5. Verify that your name, social security number and address are correct. If this information is incorrect, click on the ‘encircled diamond’ icon in the upper right of the browser, then click ‘MySlice’ to return to the MySlice homepage. Go under Personal Services, View/Update Addresses and update your permanent address with the correct information.
  6. Skip Step 6 and go to Step 7 if you want to claim an exemption from withholding. Enter the number of allowance that you want to claim. The lower the number the larger the amount of tax that will be withheld. Enter the additional amount, if any, that you want to be withheld each pay period. Indicate your marital status for tax purposes. If you are married, but would like to have your withholding based on the higher single rate, select single. If you are married, but legally separated, select single.
  7. Skip Step 7 and go to Step 8 if you do not want to claim an exemption from withholding. To claim an exemption from withholding you must meet all of the conditions below:
    1. I am under age 18, or over age 65, or a full-time student under age 25; AND
    2. Last year I did not have a New York income tax liability; AND
    3. This year I do not expect to have a New York State income tax liability
    4. Check the box if you meet all of these conditions and would like to claim an exemption from withholding. This exemption expires annually on April 30th of the following year. You will need to annually re-submit your claim for the exemption from withholding to continue. If you do not re-submit your claim by April 30th, then Syracuse University is required to reset your status to single with (0) withholding allowances and the highest amount of tax would be withheld from your future pays.
  8. Skip Step 8 and go to Step 9 if you do not want to claim a non-resident exemption from withholding. To claim an exemption from withholding as a non-resident of NY State you must meet both conditions below:
    1. I certify that I am NOT a resident of New York State; AND
    2. I estimate that ZERO percent of my services during the year will be performed within New York State and subject to New York State withholding tax
    3. Check the box if you meet both conditions and would like to claim an exemption from withholding. This exemption does not expire if your non-resident status remains unchanged. You will need to Contact Payroll within 10 days of any change requiring revocation of the exemption from withholding.
  9. Click on Submit to update your changes. Due to payroll processing dates, your changes may not be reflected in your pay until two paychecks after the change. To exit without submitting your changes, click on the ‘HOME’ icon to return to the Employee Self Service homepage
  10. To return to the MySlice homepage, click the ‘encircled diamond’ in the upper right corner of the browser, and then select ‘MySlice’.

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Update your NYC/Yonkers Tax Withholding Status and/or Allowances

Online

  1. Launch MySlice, Enter your NetID and password as prompted
  2. Within Employee Services: Click the orange ‘Human Resources and Payroll Services’ icon.
  3. Ensure you are on the Employee Self Service page. If you are defaulted to Employee Self Service, skip to Step 4. Locate the center of the orange toolbar at the top of the page. If does not say Employee Self Service, click the downward arrow (dropdown) and select Employee Self Service.
  4. Click on the ‘Payroll’ tile on the upper left. Once clicked, you will see a listing of your paychecks. In the taskbar on the left, click ‘Tax Withholding Information’. Click the appropriate tax information you wish to view/update. You will be prompted to input your social security number and birthdate for verification.
  5. Verify that your name, social security number and address are correct. If this information is incorrect, click on the ‘encircled diamond’ icon in the upper right of the browser, then click ‘MySlice’ to return to the MySlice homepage. Go under Personal Services, View/Update Addresses and update your permanent address with the correct information.
  6. Skip Step 6 and go to Step 7 if you want to claim an exemption from withholding. Enter the number of allowance that you want to claim. The lower the number the larger the amount of tax that will be withheld. Enter the additional amount, if any, that you want to be withheld each pay period. Indicate your marital status for tax purposes. If you are married, but would like to have your withholding based on the higher single rate, select single. If you are married, but legally separated, select single.
  7. Skip Step 7 and go to Step 8 if you do not want to claim an exemption from withholding. To claim an exemption from withholding you must meet all of the conditions below:
    1. I am under age 18, or over age 65, or a full-time student under age 25; AND
    2. Last year I did not have a New York City / Yonkers income tax liability; AND
    3. This year I do not expect to have a New York City / Yonkers income tax liability.
    4. Check the box if you meet all of these conditions and would like to claim an exemption from withholding. This exemption expires annually on April 30th of the following year. You will need to annually re-submit your claim for the exemption from withholding to continue. If you do not re-submit your claim by April 30th, then Syracuse University is required to reset your status to single with 0 withholding allowances and the highest amount of tax would be withheld from your future pays.
  8. Skip Step 8 and go to Step 9 if you do not want to claim a non-resident exemption from withholding. To claim an exemption from withholding as a non-resident of New York City / Yonkers you must meet both conditions below:
    1. I certify that I am NOT a resident of New York City / Yonkers; AND
    2. I estimate that ZERO percent of my services during the year will be performed within New York City / Yonkers and subject to New York City / Yonkers withholding tax.
    3. Check the box if you meet both conditions and would like to claim an exemption from withholding. This exemption does not expire if your non-resident status remains unchanged. You will need to Contact Payroll within 10 days of any change requiring revocation of the exemption from withholding.
  9. Click on Submit to update your changes. Due to payroll processing dates, your changes may not be reflected in your pay until two paychecks after the change. To exit without submitting your changes, click on the ‘HOME’ icon to return to the Employee Self Service homepage
  10. To return to the MySlice homepage, click the ‘encircled diamond’ in the upper right corner of the browser, and then select ‘MySlice’.